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Organizing for America - New York State Field Director

Field Directors (FDs) write and execute Organizing for America's electoral and issue-based organizing plans for a given state, working in collaboration with the state's staff and volunteer leaders on state strategy, tactics and timeline. FDs also manage, train, and coach all state field staff on a day-to-day basis. FDs are responsible for developing plans that reflect the needs and realities of their states, setting appropriate goals for themselves and their organizers, and holding all staff accountable to reaching them. Other responsibilities include but not limited to: organizing earned media events, representing OFA at community events and meetings, drafting national and state blog posts, and managing an OFA office.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Candidates should have strong interpersonal skills, experience meeting deadlines, and the ability to manage many tasks simultaneously; Candidates will preferably have two election cycles of field organizing experience, including one cycle of field management experience;
  • The ideal candidate will have a working knowledge of the structure of political campaigns and familiarity with campaign technology, particularly VoteBuilder;
  • A good sense of humor and a strong interest in and commitment to politics are musts.

Resumes should be emailed to: with subject line "State Field Director"

Voter Protection Internship

Voter Protection Internship is a coalition of lawyers and others dedicated to fostering universal participation and trust in the electoral process by ensuring that:

  • All eligible persons can register to vote easily
  • All registered voters are able to vote simply, fairly, and without intimidation, and
  • All votes are counted and all voting systems are open and reliable.


New York Democratic Lawyers Council is pleased to offer voter protection internships for undergraduate and graduate students interested in implementation the large scale, interstate, voter protection operation for the 2010 midterm elections.

The voter protection program will involve projects in the voting rights spectrum that are tailored to suit each student's unique set of skills or interests such as organizing, marketing, public relations, social media, voter protection technology, and statistical analysis, amongst many others. Interns will work on critical voting rights issues with top election attorneys and policy makers nationally and locally.

Awarding academic credit for an internship is at the discretion of your undergraduate or graduate institution. However, we will assist you in providing appropriate information as requested by your school. Arrangements for accreditation should be made before you begin the internship.

Please note that all internships are unpaid. However, you are permitted to apply for and accept financial assistance from appropriate outside sources. Please identify outside funding sources so that we may confirm that your funding source does not violate applicable campaign finance laws.

Application Process

Please submit a current resume and a detailed cover letter describing: area of interest, preferred project types, highlighting relevant skills as well as indicating your hourly weekly availability and the semester for which you are applying.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and as projects arise new opportunities may present themselves. However, we strongly recommend submitting your resume by the following deadlines: August 27 for Fall Semester, December 1 for Winter Break, January 1 for Spring Semester and April 1 for Summer Break.

All completed applications should be submitted by electronic mail to, or by facsimile to 212-725-8867, or in hard copy to:

New York Democratic Lawyers Council
c/o New York State Democratic Committee
461 Park Avenue South, 10th Floor
New York, NY 10016

New Roosevelt Initiative

The New Roosevelt Initiative is a progressive political organization dedicated to reforming Albany by finding New Roosevelts - the next generation of reformers who are the state leaders today and who will become the national leaders of tomorrow. Our initiative is a multi-year effort with a goal of a truly great State Legislature by 2014. We will identify New Roosevelt candidates who stand for change and true reform; raise money to support their candidacies and, once elected, hold them accountable to New York's progressive principles. You can learn more about the New Roosevelt Initiative at


Interns will take part in all aspects of running a successful campaign: fundraising, ballot access, research, campaign visibility, communications, and get out the vote efforts throughout New York State. Interns can also expect to build or enhance skills doing original research from primary sources; using online tools such as blogs, Twitter, YouTube and Facebook; learning digital photography, video, graphic design and publishing; as well as learning new ways to use Microsoft Office and Google Docs.

All interns will be challenged with an optional final project to come up with a new idea, research the idea, create a policy position based on the idea, and propose it for integration into the initiatives platform.

You can learn more at

This will be an unpaid Fall Internship and applicants should attempt to secure academic credit. Interns must commit to working at least twelve hours a week during the semester, with preference given to candidates who can work more hours.

Positions are open immediately and applications are accepted on a rolling basis with preference for applications received before August 20, 2010. Please send resumes and cover letters by electronic mail to

The New Roosevelt Initiative is an Equal Opportunity Employer and strictly complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Darrison, Barrett & Associates

Darrison, Barrett & Associates is a New York City-based strategic consulting firm that assists campaigns, non-profit organizations, corporations, and high-net individuals in creating strategies to navigate the political and public policy arenas of New York. We work with our clients to clarify key objectives, evaluate potential impact, and manage critical partnerships in order to develop an effective strategic policy to achieve their goals.

We are looking for enthusiastic and energetic spring and summer interns. The internship requires a minimum commitment of 15 hours each week. Our interns will have the opportunity to focus specifically on campaign finance and compliance. They will gain experience working with New York's best law firms, lobbyists, and media advisors, acquiring invaluable knowledge about the way to most develop and implement a strategic fundraising plan while learning how to effectively manage and direct a campaign.

Job Description/Responsibilities:

  • Part-time internship , minimum fifteen hours a week
  • Perform research for reports and papers
  • Assist with campaign compliance operations
  • Event and conference planning
  • Provide administrative support

Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to work independently
  • Acute attention to detail
  • Strong interest in politics and application to policy and message
  • Computer skills and database experience
  • Energetic and enthusiastic
  • Strong writing skills

Although the internship is unpaid, a transportation stipend can be provided as needed.

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to David Brody at

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney

Come and intern with the re-elect Carolyn Maloney campaign in New York City! The campaign is looking for energetic, progressive people who want to send Carolyn Maloney back to Congress! Hours are completely flexible with a small requirement, and the Maloney Campaign team is a lot of fun.

No experience necessary. You will walk out the door at the end of the internship knowing how to run a local field program, as well as having met some really great friends.

To apply for an internship with Carolyn Maloney’s re-election campaign or learn about volunteer opportunities, apply online at, email us at, or call us at (212) 987-5516

Kathleen Rice

Policy Analyst

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice is looking for a policy/research staff member to serve in her political operation’s policy department.

This position will work closely with communications and research departments, and will be heavily involved in drafting issue briefings and analyzing a wide range of public policy.


  • Advanced education in finance, law or public policy, or at least two years of similar experience required.
  • Ability to work long/irregular hours

This job is in Nassau County, New York. Salary commensurate with experience

Please e-mail cover letter and resume to: with Policy Analyst in the subject line.


Finance Assistant

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice is looking for a Finance Assistant to join her political operations. The Finance Assistant will be involved in all aspects of the finance operation, including planning and executing of fundraising events, research, maintaining donor database, and following up with pledges and tracking contributions.


  • An understanding of New York’s political landscape
  • At least 1 year of campaign experience
  • Strong understanding of MS Excel, Word and Outlook
  • Willingness to work long/irregular hours
  • Must be organized
  • Experience with NGP Software is a preferred but not essential

Salary commensurate with experience. This position is located in Nassau County, NY. Please email cover letter and resume to: with Finance Assistant in the subject line.


Deputy Communications Director

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice is looking for a Deputy Communications Director to serve in her political operation’s communications department.

This position will work closely with the research and policy departments to effectively disseminate information, responds to media request and set-up planned public appearances.


  • Two years of communications, policy, campaign or journalism experience required
  • Experience dealing with the media and organizing press events strongly preferred
  • Ability to work long/irregular hours
  • This job is in Nassau County, New York.

Salary commensurate with experience. Please e-mail cover letter and resume to: with Deputy Communications Director in the subject

Friends of Schumer

NY Sen. Chuck Schumer's 2010 campaign fundraising office, is now taking applicants for multiple winter/spring internship positions in New York City.

Interns will provide administrative support to Friends of Schumer staff and Sen. Schumer, including data entry, filing, mailings, donor research and events.

Minimum of 12 hours per week. Applicants should send resume and hours of availability to Richard at

DSCC (National)

Feel free to email at with questions. The DSCC is looking for a few candidates to interested in heading out for the 2010 elections who are available immediately for paid special projects out in the states. If you know any RFD-level candidates who are between jobs right now and might be interested in something that could transition them away from straight field work, please let me know. The need right now is for self-starters who are ready to hit the ground immediately, although there may be some broad opportunities coming along later. Short term state-based projects may transition into positions for the cycle.

Looking forward, we’ll be placing many, many staffers out on Senate races, so if you hear from people interested in that send them my way. Thanks.

Send resumes to DSCC Field Director Rob Hill (

Congressman Gary Ackerman

Congressman Gary Ackerman (NY-5) is taking on capable interns for his campaign office in Bayside, Queens. Applicants must be self-motivated individuals who have the ability to multi-task. Interns will gain valuable experience in the world of campaigns and political finance. Duties will include facilitation in:

  • Database Management
  • Administrative Support
  • Staffing events
  • Organization and event planning
  • Online media and outreach – Twitter, Facebook, Website


  • Candidates are preferably political science majors
  • A working knowledge of Democratic politics
  • Computer skills – Word, Powerpoint, Excel required
  • Must be detail oriented

Please send resumes and two references to Dan Getman at or any questions please call 718-428-1513.

Congressman Gary Ackerman was first elected to public office in 1978 to the New York State Senate. State Senator Ackerman was then elected to Congress in 1983 in a special election. Ackerman represents the 5th Congressional District, which is composed of the north shore of Queens and Long Island. Congressman Ackerman serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the House Committee on Financial Services. He is currently serving his 13th term in the U.S. House of Representatives.

New York State Democratic Committee

The New York State Democratic Committee is seeking talented, enthusiastic interns to assist with elections throughout New York State for what is already shaping up to be an historic election year. Applicants must have research experience and commit to 10 weeks of availability. Scheduling is flexible. If playing an active role in winning these elections and meeting the key figures sounds like a rewarding experience to you, send your resume and cover letter to Internship is unpaid. Class credits may be available upon request.

Scott Stringer

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer is looking for energetic and motivated interns to work part time in his political office. There are multiple positions available and the hours are flexible. This is an excellent opportunity for students that are interested in both the political process and fundraising.

Major responsibilities to include:

  • Research and data entry
  • Preparing meeting briefings
  • Helping at events as needed
  • Preparing invitations and mail pieces.

If interested, please send a resume and a cover letter discussing why you are interested in politics to

Feel Free to call (212) 349-2013 with any questions.

Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)

Gillibrand for Senate is seeking highly organized and motivated part-time interns for both the fundraising and the political/New Media department. This is an exciting chance to join a fast paced political environment for a rising star in the Democratic Party!

Political Department Intern

Duties will include, but are not limited to, research, day-to-day office operations, assisting staff members at events, helping with constituency outreach, and assisting the web director with various duties. This is a great opportunity for those looking to engage in grassroots fundraising and further their knowledge, understanding, and applicability of New Media.


Finance Department

Interns will be involved in all aspects of fundraising events from start to finish. Research skills are a must. This is a great opportunity for someone interested in making contacts in the business and government world as well as learning the fast-paced world of political fundraising.

Interns are expected to commit a minimum of 15 hours per week. Strong attention to detail, good organizational and computer skills, and a friendly/outgoing personality are a must!

While this is an unpaid internship, the campaign is happy to accommodate academic or community service credit where applicable.

To apply, please send cover letter and resume ASAP to Please include updated contact information and clearly state the days and times you are available to work as well as requested start and end dates.

Organizing for America

Organizing for America is now accepting applications for their National Organizing Internships in states across the country.

Students and young people were critical in building the movement that helped elect President Obama last year. By becoming a National Organizing Intern, you'll be part of the grassroots effort to make the change we fought for a reality in 2010 and beyond.

As an Organizing Intern, you'll work side by side with OFA staff and community leaders to help build support for President Obama's agenda. You'll learn core organizing principles that are crucial for any campaign and play an important role in building our organization in your state.

President Obama describes his time as a community organizer by saying: "It was the best education I ever had, because I learned in those neighborhoods that when ordinary people come together, they can achieve extraordinary things." This is your chance to get that same education.

If you're passionate about making sure every American has quality health care, reviving our economy, and building a clean energy future, don't miss this great opportunity. No previous experience is needed in order to apply.

Learn more and apply today at

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